By The Associated Press
Published: 22 August 2011
LONDON — Britain’s Royal Air Force is ordering 14 new Chinook helicopters from Boeing Co., at a total cost of 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion).
The Ministry of Defense says the deal will bring Britain’s fleet of the heavy-lifting helicopters to 60, the largest in Europe.
The contract includes development, building and five years of support.
The helicopters have played a major role transporting troops and equipment in Afghanistan, where Britain has some 9,000 troops.
Military chiefs are worried about cuts to the defense budget as 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) is trimmed over the next four years.
But Defense Secretary Liam, Fox said Monday that the government “is committed to delivering a top class equipment program that is properly funded.”
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